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Messenger of Allah. God has responded expeditions. Prophet and asked him about an ayah of
to your prayer and guided the mother of Many companions were amazed at the the Quran and (stay with him) learning
Abu Hurayrah to Islam.” number of hadith he had memorized and it so that he would take me with him to
Abu Hurayrah loved the Prophet a often questioned him on when he had his house and give food. “One day, my
great deal and found favor with him. He heard a certain hadith and under what hunger became so severe that I placed
was never tired of looking at the Prophet circumstances. a stone on my stomach. I then sat down
whose face appeared to him as having all Once Marwan ibn al-Hakam wanted to in the path of the companions. Abu Bakr
the radiance of the sun and he was never test Abu Hurayrah’s power of memory. passed by and I asked him about an ayah
tired of listening to him. Often he would He sat with him in one room and behind of the Book of God. I only asked him so
praise God for his good fortune and say: a curtain he placed a scribe, unknown to that he would invite me but he didn’t.
“Praise be to God Who has guided Abu Abu Hurayrah, and ordered him to write “Then Umar ibn al-Khattab passed by
Hurayrah to Islam.” Praise be to God Who down whatever Abu Hurayrah said. A me and I asked him about an ayah but he
has taught Abu Hurayrah the Quran.” year later, Marwan called Abu Hurayrah also did not invite me. Then the Messenger
“Praise be to God who has bestowed again and asked him to recall the same of God, peace be on him, passed by and
on Abu Hurayrah the companionship of ahadith which the scribe had recorded. realized that I was hungry and said: “Abu
Muhammad, may God bless him and It was found that he had forgotten not a Hurayrah!” “At your command” I replied
grant him peace.” On reaching Madinah, single word. and followed him until we entered his
Abu Hurayrah set his heart on attaining Abu Hurayrah was concerned to house. He found a bowl of milk and asked
knowledge. Zayd ibn Thabit the notable teach and transmit the ahadith he had his family: “From where did you get this?”
companion of the Prophet reported: memorized and knowledge of Islam in “Someone sent it to you” they replied. He
“While Abu Hurayrah and I and another general. It is reported that one day he then said to me: “O Abu Hurayrah, go to
friend of mine were in the Masjid praying passed through the suq of Madinah and the Ahl as-Suffah and invite them.” Abu
to God Almighty and performing dhikr to naturally saw people engrossed in the Hurayrah did as he was told and they all
Him, the Messenger of God appeared. business of buying and selling. drank from the milk.
He came towards us and sat among us. “How feeble are you, O people of The time came of course when the
We became silent and he said: “Carry on Madinah!” he said. “What do you see Muslims were blessed with great
with what you were doing.” that is feeble in us, Abu Hurayrah?” they wealth and material goodness of every
“So my friend and I made a supplication asked. “The inheritance of the Messenger description. Abu Hurayrah eventually got
to God before Abu Hurayrah did and the of God, peace be on him, is being his share of wealth. He had a comfortable
Prophet began to say Ameen to our dua. distributed and you remain here! Won’t home, a wife and child. But this turn of
“Then Abu Hurayrah made a supplication you go and take your portion?” “Where fortune did not change his personality.
saying: “O Lord, I ask You for what my two is this, O Abu Hurayrah?” they asked. “In Neither did he forget his days of destitution.
companions have asked and I ask You for the Masjid,” he replied. He would “I grew up as an orphan and I
knowledge which will not be forgotten.” Quickly they left. Abu Hurayrah waited emigrated as a poor and indigent person.
“The Prophet, peace be on him, said: until they returned. When they saw him, I used to take food for my stomach from
‘Ameen.’ “We then said: ‘And we ask they said: “O Abu Hurayrah, we went to Busrah bint Ghazwan. I served people
Allah for knowledge which will not be the Masjid and entered and we did not when they returned from journeys and led
forgotten, and the Prophet replied: ‘The see anything being distributed.” “Didn’t their camels when they set out. Then God
Dawsi youth has asked for this before you see anyone in the Masjid?” he asked. caused me to marry her (Busrah). So
you.” “With his formidable memory, Abu “O yes, we saw some people performing praise be to God who has strengthened
Hurayrah set out to memorize in the four Salat, some people reading the Quran his religion and made Abu Hurayrah an
years that he spent with the Prophet, the and some people discussing about what imam.” (This last statement is a reference
gems of wisdom that emanated from his is halal and what is haram.” “Woe unto to the time when he became governor of
lips. He realized that he had a great gift you,” replied Abu Hurayrah,” that is the Madinah.)
and he set about to use it to the full in the inheritance of Muhammad, may God Much of Abu Hurayrah’s time would be
service of Islam. bless him and grant him peace.” spent in spiritual exercises and devotion
He had free time at his disposal. Unlike Abu Hurayrah underwent much to God. Qiyam al-Layl staying up for
many of the Muhajirin he did not busy hardship and difficulties as a result of his the night in prayer and devotion - was
himself’ in the market-places, with buying dedicated search for knowledge. He was a regular practice of his family including
and selling. Unlike many of the Ansar, he often hungry and destitute. He said about his wife and his daughter. He would stay
had no land to cultivate nor crops to tend. himself: up for a third of the night, his wife for
He stayed with the Prophet in Madinah “When I was afflicted with severe another third and his daughter for a third.
and went with him on journeys and hunger, I would go to a companion’ of the In this way, in the house of Abu Hurayrah
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